April 23 2004
GEORGIAN POLICE PULL OUT STONE CROSS IN COMMEMORATION OF GENOCIDE
AKHALKALAKI, APRIL 23, ARMENPRESS : Georgian police officers have
pulled out a stone cross erected on a hill on the outskirts of
Akhaltsikha down in western Georgia in commemoration of the Armenian
genocide that was to be opened officially on April 24.
A local A-Info news agency reported that police officers detained
Ludwig Petrosian, who was steering the work, who was released after
spending 4 hours in custody. Petrosian later said that the cross
stone was pulled out at the order of local governor Nikoloz
Nikolozishvili ( a former ambassador to Armenia) on grounds that the
erection was not sanctioned by local authorities, however, Petrosian
said the permission was given by Akhaltsikha municipality.
Local Armenians were expected to organize a protest rally today